TAMPA, Fla. — Members of Hillsborough County’s legislative delegation altered a bill that would have allowed non-licensed, out of state companies in to help ease the Super Bowl rush. The bill had been proposed by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, which regulates cars for hire, over fears that there would be a chauffeur shortage during the large tourist-heavy event.
The PTC also recognized that the National Football League contracts with an out-of-state limo service for VIPs. Members of the PTC wanted these drivers to get temporary chauffeur’s licenses.
But local operators complained that this could invite a flood of competition and leave them riderless during a busy week when they should have plenty of work.
"If you let those huge companies come in during the Super Bowl, I have no business," said Moshe Leib, who owns a four-car limo service.
SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times — Florida